113: Mother of Pearl Veneer

The inspiration for this week's post is Carry A. Nation, the famous barroom smasher.   Carry believed that alcohol was the root of all society's evils, and she  took hatchet to things she didn't like (namely bars, whisky bottles and paintings of scantily clad ladies).  Though some called her mad, her barroom appearances had the strange effect [...]

Is Victorian Hairwork Akin to Kumihimo?

So, in one of those brilliant ah-ha moments, my day job as a museum curator collided with 52 Lasers. Have you ever heard of Victorian Hair Jewelry?  Made from braided, woven or otherwise intricately arranged stands of hair, it was popular in the 19th century as a way to remember loved ones.  It was made [...]